Vineland Teacher's Association stages protest

Posted at 6:18 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 21:18:08-04

Members of the Vineland Teachers Association, parents and other teachers from the Bakersfield area plan to protest at the Vineland Unified School District meeting Monday.

The Vineland Teacher’s Association said the protest is to express concerns about superintendent, Matthew Ross.

The teachers association claims Ross has publicly bullied them by calling them lazy for things like calling in sick or serving on jury duty.

The teachers have been negotiating salaries with the district for a year and the teachers say they have gotten no where, but the district said a pay raise isn’t warranted because the district is underperforming.

“We’re just making sure that the board knows what’s going on and that – what we want and that we just really want to get a contract for the district,” said Kara Ranney, president of the Vineland Teacher’s Association.

Vineland is a small school district with 36 teachers and a middle school and elementary school.

The superintendent told 23ABC last week that he’s not really worried about teachers leaving and that all of the positions have already been filled.